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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Human beings are metaphorically represented by ________.
(a) Airplanes.
(b) Castles.
(c) The Ocean.
(d) Ships.

2. Who solves the Riddle of the Spinx?
(a) Laius.
(b) Ismene.
(c) Polyneices.
(d) Oedipus.

3. What does Laius do to baby Oedipus after hearing the Oracle foretell Oedipus' future?
(a) He cursed the baby.
(b) He blinded the baby.
(c) He injured the baby's feet.
(d) He killed the baby.

4. Plays based on Greek legend usually involve parents and children doing what?
(a) Growing old together.
(b) Praising each other.
(c) Kill each other.
(d) Losing contact with each other.

5. The Chorus of Women represents ___________.
(a) The army.
(b) The country.
(c) The universe.
(d) The city.

Short Answer Questions

1. Plays performed in ancient Greece highlight all of the following aspects of city life, except _____.

2. Who are the group of women of Thebes who rushes on in a panic?

3. Plays in ancient Greece are produced as part of what type of ceremony?

4. The story that "Seven Against Thebes" is based on is part of their background as a ____________.

5. Who runs on with news that the seven powerful generals of the attacking army have performed a blood sacrifice?

Short Essay Questions

1. In part 1 of the play, who describes the imagery of the waves? What do the waves represent?

2. What is the significance of the approaching army setting up their own memorial for their families back home?

3. Compare and contrast Eteocles' feelings to for his city to how he actually treats his city.

4. What is the irony behind Oedipus solving "the Riddle of the Sphinx with his brilliance" ?

5. Is Antigone just in her actions to give Polyneices a proper burial? Explain.

6. How is the theme of family portrayed in this play?

7. How does the Chorus use their senses to illustrate their fears of the war?

8. Why did the Oracle of Apollo punish Laius and what was his punishment?

9. Were Oedipus and Jocasta's reaction to their incestuous relations justified? Explain.

10. How is Eteocles' story and actions echo Oedipus' story and actions?

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